ABI Research Estimates 11M Public-Safety LTE Users by 2020
Friday, July 31, 2015 | Comments

ABI Research estimated the total number of public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) user subscriptions to reach 11 million worldwide by 2020, with a market size of US$5.1 billion.

Since Release 10, the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has incorporated various enhancements to improve the mission-critical capabilities of LTE. LTE-Relay extends network coverage for mission-critical and disaster response, while LTE-Direct allows public-safety devices to establish direct point-to-point communication without the need of a base station, ABI Research said.

3GPP Release 13 in early 2016 will standardize push-to-talk (PTT) and indoor positioning capability. These enhancements equip public-safety LTE to deliver mission-critical solutions and the broadband capability of LTE also provides for third-party innovations, such as machine learning and machine-type communications.

ABI Research predicted the United States, United Kingdom and South Korea will be the first three markets to have a fully functional public-safety LTE network by 2017. More deployments will take place in emerging markets, such as Middle East and other parts of Asia Pacific, after 2017.

“The lack of legacy public-safety communications networks allows these markets to deploy first responder and public-safety LTE networks, with no issues of interoperability,” said Lian Jye Su, research analyst, ABI Research. “Emerging markets will eventually replace advanced markets as the growth driver, especially with China joining the fray in around 2021.”

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